Arts/Culture

The WBFO Arts & Culture News Desk is co-funded by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

Scott Sackett

At the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, you can see works by some of the most influential modern and contemporary artists. There are priceless masterpieces and defining images that are known around the world. It might not sound like the kind of place a family with young children can go for an afternoon of fun, but that’s now the growing trend. WBFO Arts and Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett recently visited the Albright-Knox on a Family Funday and shares what he discovered.


Photo from video by Sam Radford

New public art designed to uplift is now on display in the MLK business district on Buffalo's East Side. A series of 31 banners highlight the contributions of African-American leaders.


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The Buffalo Preservation Board wants the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to come to a board meeting and explain why the first draft of its plan for a major expansion potentially damages the landmark status of the Delaware Park cultural center.

Peter Hall

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR is presented with whimsy and panache by an all-woman cast at Shakespeare in Delaware Park and is an opportunity to see some mighty fine Buffalo talent assembled on one stage.

Babeville Buffalo

This is an incredibly productive chapter in the comic career of Paula Poundstone. She continues to tour and will perform Friday night at 7 p.m. at Babeville. She continues to be a regular contributor for NPR's quiz show "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!" and has launched her own podcast "Live from the Poundstone Institute." In a conversation with WBFO, she also has taken to authoring a new book, which has been receiving some positive reviews despite a long and confounding title.


Ani DiFranco's new album, her 20th, is called Binary. And, as is always the case with this artist, the music and the message are intertwined. The music on Binary is textured and ambitious — you can hear DiFranco's adopted home of New Orleans seeping through the floorboards. There are surprising guests, including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has formally introduced the latest entry in its Public Art Initiative. It's visible to neighbors who travel along a busy street in North Buffalo.


The Buffalo News

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, a comedy by William Shakespeare about the would-be womanizer Sir John Falstaff, presented by Shakespeare in Delaware Park, directed by Eileen Dugan, opened Thursday night starring Pamela Rose Mangus as "Sir John Falstaff." Mangus discussed the unusual role with Theater Talk co-host Peter Hall.


Anthony is back from the west coast having attended The American Theatre Critics Association annual conference where much of the cocktail conversation was about critic Hedy Weiss whose recent reviews in the Chicago Sun Times created controversy.

Albright-Knox unveils latest expansion designs

Jun 22, 2017
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's expansion plan has completed what it is calling an "exhaustive concept and programming design phase." The gallery shared new renderings of AK360 Wednesday evening and is welcoming public comment.

Big Dog Productions

Comedian and avid car collector Jay Leno is headed to Buffalo Saturday to open this season’s lineup at the new Chautauqua Institution Amphitheatre. The long-time Tonight Show host took a little time to chat ahead of his visit to Western New York with WBFO’s Avery Schneider.


City of Buffalo

A jazz festival will be held in July that will help celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Colored Musicians Club.

Exploring Buffalo's architecture through a drone's lens

Jun 19, 2017
Christopher Hyzy

There are numerous books on the market that celebrate Western New York architecture. But one volume, by a local graphic artist, offers scenes of local landmarks through the lens of a drone.


Mike Desmond/WBFO

An annual celebration of African-American culture and history will be held this weekend at Martin Luther King Park.

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The state's Board for Historic Preservation is recommending a series of additions to State and National Historic Registers of buildings and properties. Among those earning designations are Springville's First Baptist Church, Delaware Avenue Baptist Church and the Linde Air Products factory.


Niagara University

A public art project is aiming to restore vibrancy to empty buildings in downtown Niagara Falls. More than 100 silhouettes of Niagara University students and others cut out of black paper are lining the windows of vacant structures at Third and Main Streets.

A documentary highlighting world-renowned ballerina Wendy Whelan is playing at the North Park Theatre in Buffalo. One of the co-directors/producers of the film is Buffalo native Linda Saffire. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the film portrays the difficulty of an aging and injured ballet dancer.

All week long people have been asking: "What did Anthony think of The Tony Awards?" and here he dishes the dirt.

Artie Awards Photo Gallery 3

Jun 15, 2017

The Artie Awards were held on June 5 at Shea's 710 Theatre. WNED | WBFO presented the 27th annual awards. Check out our photo galleries with images by Eileen Koteras Elibol and Christopher Hyzy.

Click here and here for more photos from the Arties.

Artie Awards Photo Gallery 2

Jun 15, 2017

The Artie Awards were held on June 5 at Shea's 710 Theatre. WNED | WBFO presented the 27th annual awards. Check out our photo galleries with images by Eileen Koteras Elibol and Christopher Hyzy.

Click here and here for more Arties photos.

Eileen Koteras Elibol

The Artie Awards were held on June 5 at Shea's 710 Theatre. WNED | WBFO presented the 27th annual awards. Check out our photo galleries with images by Eileen Koteras Elibol and Christopher Hyzy.

Click here and here for more Arties photos.

Buffalo-born playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney died Tuesday in his New York City home. He was 86. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Gurney always remained fond of Buffalo. 

A Buffalo woman is remembering her artist husband with a special coloring event this weekend.

Walking the red carpet at the 27th annual Artie Awards

Jun 9, 2017

It was a brand new red carpet when WNED|WBFO became the new presenter of the Artie Awards for 2016-2017. Ok, the carpet wasn’t actually new but the interviewers were. Marc Sacco, Dudney Joseph and I had the honor of taking over the reins this year from Jimmy Janowski, without whom there would have never been a red carpet at the Artie awards in the first place. In fact, we had the privilege of giving out the first-ever “Golden Hanger Jimmy Award” for Outstanding Statement Ensemble of the evening, which went to Sarah Blewett.

Eileen Elibol, WNED|WBFO

The ARTIE AWARDS, produced by WNED|WBFO were a huge success in terms of fun, for honoring excellence in theater, and to raise money (over $14,000 and counting) for the ECMC Immunodeficiently Clinic. Some recent Shaw outings have been less than hoped for, but that's not the case for Shaw's SAINT JOAN which is powerful theater and for a tragedy, surprisingly funny. It's at the large Festival Theatre in Niagara on the Lake and makes full use of the stage to astound the audience. Opening tonight: FREE FRED BROWN! with Ujima Company at Paul Robeson Theatre on Masten Avenue.

Lorna C. Hill, Founder and Artistic Director of Ujima Company, now celebrating their 38th year, continues to build a community to address issues that affect "front line communities" such as Buffalo's East and West sides. "The challenge for the poor is huge. The responses have been minimal." She spoke about the play FREE FRED BROWN! presented this weekend by Ujima in the Paul Robeson Theatre in the African-American Cultural Center on Masten Avenue as a good way to start conversations about moving forward.

WRVO's Payne Horning

Officials working on the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, which Congress established as a national historical park in January, say there's a lot in store for the facility over the next few years.

Artie Award winners announced

Jun 6, 2017

The Artie Committee proudly announces the 2016-17 ARTIE AWARD winners, recognizing excellence in theater in Buffalo.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

All you had to do this weekend was be in the vicinity of Delaware Avenue and Utica Street and hear the music on the breeze and you knew the summer festival season has begun in Buffalo.

You don't have to go out of town to catch good theater in June and some lovely leading ladies. Tonight's long awaited openings include Noel Coward's HAY FEVER with Josephine Hogan at the Irish Classical, LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA with the Second Generation Theatre's Debbie Pappas Sham at the Lancaster Opera House, and GET HAPPY with Sára Kovacsi, a celebration of Mr. "Over the Rainbow" Harold Arlen, Buffalo's own, which opens at Theatre of the Mist.

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